Deb & I ask you to pray with us this week as we just arrived in sunny Sloviansk, Eastern Ukraine. This is my third trip to this weary, war-torn area of Ukraine called “The Front”, first time with Deb and the kids. It’s a 500 mile trek by car, through some beautiful country side and historic cities. The purpose of our trip is to further explore the open doors and relationships forming for a possible new youth discipleship platform.
This morning has been much needed rest. We’ve been going for weeks and really sense the need to take a breath, and deepen my trust in God. When we feel we need to stay busy, we’re probably struggling with trusting God. Sabbath was for reminding us that while we sleep, the dew gathers, we can trust in the provisions of God. Nothing in this life sustains us but the Word who holds all things together. Strip us that we may hear your voice. Bring rest that we may work the true works which will stand in the end.
Deb playing monopoly with the 4 we have with us. Laughter and strategy. We have been blessed with an amazing house, WITH air conditioning -it’s +30C this week. Dinner tonight with Oleg & Joana, their mom and dad, pastors of the “Good News” church here in the city.
- Coffee Shop in Sloviansk has been offered to us to re-open, with the vision of creating youth platform much like Lighthouse.
- Orphan ministry is something we’ve not pursued but believe God may be leading us to bring Christ in some new ways in this sphere.
- Church leaders in this area have been super gracious, we need wisdom to represent the Kingdom and all believers.
- Mission Team will need to be raised among our core group if we’re going to plant something here – pray for laborers! I feel there’s a western family or individual that will be important for this to work.